Cihuacoatl (Snake Woman, Skirt of Serpents, Hungry Woman) is the earth from which all living things spring. She is also the earth which consumes the dead. As spirit of the fertile earth she can be a patron of mothers and farmers, but as she is also the spirit of barren rock and the swallowing cave she can be a patron of mourners and miners as well.
According to the teachings of Cihuacoatl, the earth is the womb which births all things and the grave to which all things inevitably return. No one owns the land, not can one use a plot of land forever; after a time one must let the land lie fallow.